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My kitten doesn't like "posh" expensive wet cat food!

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi Everybody.

 

I was recently recently about how most commercial cat foods are poor quality and have limited meat content.

 

So, I decided to try higher quality food e.g. Applaws Kitten food which has a higher meat content (which I got from Zooplus in Germany).  I tried a couple of other brands too from Pets at Home e.g. Wainwrights.

 

But my kitten doesn't seem to like it and just eats maybe half and leaves the rest and won't eat it again!  He seems to prefer plain old Felix, Whiskas etc, though seems to suck the gravy most and leave small pellets at the end!

 

Any thoughts?  I don't really know what to do for the best.  Am I just stuck with a fussy cat/kitten?

 

Thank you in advance.

 

P.S.  He does however like the dry Applaws which I give him at bedtime  (and you can tell its such better quality than the usual supermarket stuff).

post #2 of 13

I take it you live outside the US since you mention ZooPlus in Germany. We do have European members here on TCS who can recommend decent quality food. What country are you in?

 

If you're in the UK,  here are threads on decent foods:

 

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/65806/good-quality-canned-food-in-the-uk

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/245287/foods-in-the-uk

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/210243/what-are-the-best-possible-wet-and-dry-foods-i-can-buy-in-the-u-k

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/266327/commercial-wet-kitten-food-uk

 

General Europe canned food thread:

 

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/165643/cat-food-in-europe

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/185866/good-food-in-e-europe

 

Are you feeding dry food or canned food? Cats can be picky so you generally want to feed whatever decent quality affordable brand the cat will eat. It's better than going on a food strike and developing fatty liver disease as a result.  Some countries may not have a very good selection of cat food so you just have to read the labels and choose the best one available.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi, Thank you so much for that!  I live in the UK.  Will look at those threads :)

 

Do you think I should just experiment with different quality cat foods.  Or go back to more supermarket brands?!

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

p.s. I imported Applaws from Germany via their Zooplus website, as so limited here in the UK!

post #5 of 13

@Columbine lives in the UK and I know she has a list of good quality UK foods you can feed to your cat.

 

You can try different brands to see what your cat likes.

post #6 of 13
Hi.
I have 3 cats and like you want to feed them the best. Ive tried grain free and a variety of other brands that they don't like, so did some research which showed that German made cat food is the best supermarket you can get, has 14% protein. I have settled on Felix wet and Applaws dry. I live on the UK and both are easy to buy on line. Zooplus is the cheapest but Pets at Home are really expensive.
This is only my opinion so do a little research and see what you come up with. Let us know
post #7 of 13

Hi, MixedStripes.

 

If your cat is picky - happens to all cats - it's hard to know what to do except try more brands.

 

I also order from zooplus. I cannot afford "posh" wet food, but there are cheaper brands that are perfectly OK as far as I can tell. Currently, my cat eats Bozita (Swedish), Animonda Carny (German) and Smilla (German). I definitely think you should not go back to more supermarket brands, given that what you can get from zooplus is better and not more expensive.

 

If you try any of the brands I mentioned, be aware that Bozita comes in two series: cans and tetrapaks. My cat is not happy with the tetrapak series. He tends to eat the gravy and leave the chunks behind, or simply walk away from this food. With the canned stuff we have the opposite problem. It is a very delicious pate, and he tends to eat too much of it - might be worth trying for anyone with a picky cat.

 

For dry food I give him Acana Wild Prairie. I really don't see why cats cannot have some dry food as long as they also get wet food. I believe decent brands like Acana are excellent food in all respects except for the missing moisture.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks all.  Thats been really helpful.

post #9 of 13
Hi @MixedStripes wavey.gif Welcome to TCS!

My old boy was a confirmed 'gravy licker' too. The food that really got him interested in higher quality foods was Thrive Complete. They brought out a kitten version recently. Its not available from Zooplus yet, but Amazon stock it, and I think Pets at Home does too. You can also get it from http://www.thrivepetfoods.com. The other brand that got him interested in high meat foods was Nature's Menu, and they do a kitten food too.

You've had some great suggestions here already. I will say that, unlike @ReallySleepy's cats, mine definitely prefer the Bozita tetra packs to the cans. As you move into adult cat foods, its worth knowing that Bozita is the only brand I've come across that makes a high meat/low carb food in gravy - a definite hit with my guys rryumy.gif Smilla is another of my fussy boy's favourites, and he likes some Catz Finefoods flavours too (something for the future - they sadly don't do a kitten food as yet).

If it helps, these are the brands that I rotate (in no particular order):-
  • Thrive Complete
  • Bozita
  • Catz Finefoods/ Purrr by Catz Finefoods
  • Feringa
  • Animonda Carny
  • GranataPet
  • Smilla
  • Nature's Menu
  • Meowing Heads
  • HiLife Tempt Me in jelly only occasionally as these aren't favourites, but they do like them for a change
  • Purely Holistic
    (these last three I only buy occasionally as these aren't favourites, but they do like them for a change)

Incidentally, some supermarkets have some high meat foods these days - for example, Tesco carries the Hi Life range. Also, the Felix regular (as opposed to 'As Good As It Looks') kitten pouches in jelly are pretty good as mainstream cat foods go - the only ingredient that I question is 'various sugars', and as that's last on the list there won't be much in there wink.gif
post #10 of 13

I am literally exactly the same as you. My cats won't eat Whiskas wet, and I think it's because of the meat "chunks".


They absolutely love Felix As Good As It Looks though - though they won't eat the rabbit and the salmon flavours (little swines). I also give them Applaws Dry food. I buy it 7kg at a time from Zooplus and they adore it (plus one bag lasts me a few months!)

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations Columbine and Skelekittycat.  I'll start with Thrive.

 

Its funny isn't it, the naughty gravy-lickers!

 

I think I'll just have to experiement a bit.

 

Didn't realise they were so fussy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by MixedStripes View Post

Thanks for the recommendations Columbine and Skelekittycat.  I'll start with Thrive.

Its funny isn't it, the naughty gravy-lickers!

I think I'll just have to experiement a bit.

Didn't realise they were so fussy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #13 of 13
You can buy Thrive from Waitrose. You don't have to buy a pack as the tins are sold separately
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